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With more than 20 million annual visitors, the Shrine of Guadalupe in Mexico City is one of the top Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world. On this 4-hour tour, an informative guide takes you to the shrine’s two basilicas, where you’ll see a cloak with an image of the Lady Virgin on display. Climb nearby Tepeyac Hill, where it is said the Lady appeared, and hear more about the events that led to the construction of the shrine. Transport from central Mexico City is included.

Highlights

  • 4-hour tour of the Shrine of Guadalupe, also known as the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe
  • Enter the original Spanish-colonial-style basilica built in 1709 and the new basilica built in 1976
  • Learn about the miracle of the Virgin of Guadalupe and its role in Mexican culture from an expert guide
  • Walk up Tepeyac Hill, the site of the miracle
  • Visit a museum housing 17th-century religious art
  • Round-trip transport from a central location in Mexico City included

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What You Can Expect

Shrine of Guadalupe Tour in Mexico City

Shrine of Guadalupe Tour

It is said that a manifestation of the Lady Virgin appeared to a peasant man on top of Tepeyac Hill in 1531. This led to the miraculous imprinting of her image on the man’s tilma, or cloak, and then the shrine being constructed in her honor — what is now called the Shrine of Guadalupe, located in the northern reaches of Mexico City. With more than 20 million annual visitors, the shrine is one of the most visited Catholic pilgrimage sites in the world.


Your 4-hour tour begins with meeting your guide at a central location in Mexico City. Climb aboard a comfortable vehicle that takes you to the shrine, formally known as the Basilica of our Lady of Guadalupe.


Upon arrival, admire the different architecture of the shrine’s two basilicas. At Basílica Antigua (Old Basilica), built in 1709, discover Spanish colonial architecture with Moorish influence. The miraculous tilma, along with devotional paintings, are on display inside. Then visit the New Basilica, completed in 1976, designed with a circular floor plan that gives you a view of the Virgin from any spot inside the church.

Observe pilgrims stream into the main aisle — for some of the older visitors you see, this is a once-in-a-lifetime journey. Learn about the importance of the Virgin in Mexican culture both as a religious and cultural symbol. 



Next, head up Tepeyac Hill, where the miraculous events all began. Then, explore the museum behind the Old Basilica containing 4,000 pieces of 17th-century religious art.

Wrap up your visit with some free time to attend mass or stroll about the area on your own. Your tour ends with transport back to the departure point in Mexico City.

Customer Reviews

Donald L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My tour guide was friendly, well informed, flexible, and spoke English very well. He certainly made my Spanish more passable. Muchos Gracias!

Theresa K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I had no idea that the sight is really a campus... there are multiple churches, chapels, sights. I wouls not have otherwise known what to make of it all without the tour. The basilica nuevo is an amazingly prayerful place, as is the burial place of Juan Diego. Can't wait to go back.

Mary D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We had a wonderful tour with Lourdes. There was only one other person on the tour and so it was really like a private tour.

francisfiori

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

Sandy was a great tour guide, she was very friendly, wish we had more time.

Nathan O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

This was the main reason we came to DF. It was to make our Pilgrimage to see Our Lady Lady of Guadalupe.
It was very inspiring and to learn more about the Aztecs and Cortez's Conquest and to see the significance of the five churches that surround the shrine. In the old church there is a table you need to ask about. It is a beautiful table that may have been oak. Nothing was on it but it had much to do with the United States and Mexico 's Treaty. That is a whole other story my fellow VIATORS and you have to research that for yourself. But it affects we Americans and Mexicans to this day.
On this tour make sure you drink a lot of water because your gonna climb a hill...not as bad as the pyramids but if your not in shape be ready. Tell you what though the view is awesome!

Patrick O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2015

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed our tour of the Shrine. He is a life long Catholic, and it meant a great deal to both of us to visit this spot. He was able to attend mass and take communion in the main shrine cathedral. Our guide was informative and made sure we saw all of the parts of the Shrine. He was also very good at taking our photo on the moving sidewalk under the Virgin on the altar.

Phyllis K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2015

It was like a private tour. We were the only couple, just two people. Our guide, Elizabeth, was great. She was knowledgeable and accomodating to our needs. The driver was also good. Driving a van through the streets of Mexico City is no easy task. All in all, a really good time.

Susan M

3 star rating: Worth doing April 2016

The man who gave the tour Antonio was wonderful. He showed us all of the important locations at the shrine. There is no small map at the shrine to show you the sites and almost no one speaks English, so his information was critical to understanding the site. However, the location where you need to pick up the tour is not so nice. It was hard to find and the interior of the building was not well kept. They should consider picking people up at their hotel. Plus the air conditioning in the van was not working, so it was necessary to open the windows on a hot day. The shrine itself is a must see especially if you are Catholic.

Juan D

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2015

We first had to meet the tour guide at Amigo Hostal. The area isn't the greatest, so thankfully we arrived in a taxi. We were sure to request an English guided tour but I don't think the company made the tour guide aware of this. Our guide's English was a bit difficult to understand. He was very knowledgeable and kind, however. The tour was well worth it, however, and we were able to stay for evening mass. At the end of the tour, the tour guide and driver generously dropped us off at our hotel.

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